Monday, August 27, 2012

A Great Cause

Okay, this is kind of a link-heavy post, but I hope you'll read on anyway!

Want to read a fun book and help out a sick little boy? Check out my blogging friend and fellow writer, Natalie Bahm. Her debut middle grade novel The Secret Underground is available for pre-order and 100% of the profits will go toward helping toddler Jayden Huynh.

Natalie has already organized an auction to benefit Jayden (which took place in June), and the sales from her book will add to that. You can read about how this all came about here. Please come out and support a great cause. I've already pre-ordered my book - you should too!


Friday, August 10, 2012

Comeback fail

Okay, so I had made a goal to start blogging on a more regular basis, but (surprise!) it didn't work out as I'd planned. I'll blame it on the fact that my summer schedule was thrown off by my soon-to-be 10th grader taking a summer school course. Seriously, that totally threw off my blogging mojo before it could even gain any steam. Instead of my usual late nights (aka prime blogging time) and wonderful, soul-restoring sleep-ins, I had to get up every day to drive him to school - the horror!

On the plus side, my sweet little fella doesn't have to take gym class ever again. He has cerebral palsy and a visual impairment, so it's always been a challenge trying to find a locker, work the lock, get changed, and get help with his laces...then have a class where decent coordination is pretty much a necessity - and then do it all in reverse to try and get to the next class on time.

Now that school's all done,  I'm all out of excuses, so here I sit - at 2am - blogging. Mind you, late night TV kind of stinks, I have nothing new to read, and me and my current novel are not on speaking terms at the moment, so I have no choice but to write something. Okay, so it's not the most interesting something, but still...

I need to get to bed soon, so I'd like to leave you with some words of encouragement. I know that everyone goes through tough times now and again, so I would like to say: Don't give up. Not on that book you're struggling to get written, not on your kids who are annoying you, not on your spouse who knows how to push your buttons, not on those bad habits you want to get rid of, and most importantly, DON'T GIVE UP ON YOURSELF!

I'm a firm believer that life is only as good as you think it is. I'm a pretty laid-back person, but I've been through enough crummy circumstances to know that a positive perspective will take you through to the other side of any adversity you might be experiencing. For some odd reason, my brain's default mode is "positive perspective", but that doesn't mean the critic in me doesn't try to sabatoge it. I power through anyway (sometimes by just barely hanging on by my fingernails), and I never regret it.

So, ummm, maybe someone out there needed to hear that? Otherwise, I'm totally babbling...Ah, well, it's my blog and I'll pep talk if I want to. :o) What are some tricks you use to keep out of the dark portions of your own mind? Share your tips!